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> Tuesday, February 28, 2006: San Francisco All-In-One Package

 
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For the last day of the month, I'm happy to present you with a San Francisco All-In-One Package: a big slope, cable car tracks, Victorians, the Transmerica pyramid, bay bridge, the bay, ... Did I miss listing something from this photo? Please help! ;-)

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> Monday, February 27, 2006: On The Job

 
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It was a pretty nasty day today in San Francisco. Obviously, that didn't stop photographers, like this lady who was wearing numerous layers of clothing and had been there on the beach shooting for several hours. As for me, I took a few shots and went home!

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> Sunday, February 26, 2006: Brunch At Bagdad Cafe

 
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> Saturday, February 25, 2006: Something For Everyone

 
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There's often something for everyone at store fronts: the benches for the husbands, something for the kids to play with, the bowl of water for the dog. In other words: anything to help the ladies shop in peace and at length! How convenient! ;-)

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> Friday, February 24, 2006: Potrero Hill Community Garden

 
Potrero Hill Community Garden
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I'm not sure if you will be gardening this weekend (it might not be the season or you might not have the gardening gene), but I bet there will be some gardening at this community garden on top of Potrero Hill this weekend. Happy Friday!

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> Thursday, February 23, 2006: Traffic Worker

 
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Since I didn't have much to write about this photo anyway, I thought I'd use the opportunity to mention that I'm trying something new with the large photo formats when you click on the above thumbnail. The idea is to be able to browse the larger formats easily. Please try it and let me know how you like it.

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> Wednesday, February 22, 2006: Prevent Runaways

 
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So, I guess this is a typical San Francisco traffic sign. There is indeed a specific procedure to follow when you park your car on a slope: turn your wheels toward the curb, set the hand brake and leave the car in gear. And you better follow these rules or you will get fined. I got fined for all sorts of things in San Francisco, but never for that one, so I don't know the amount of this fine (I'm keeping my fingers crossed... and my wheels curbed).

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> Tuesday, February 21, 2006: Golden Gate Bridge Cables

 

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> Monday, February 20, 2006: San Francisco Stop Sign

 
San Francisco Stop Sign
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Today is Presidents' Day in the United States. If you're interested, you can find a little bit of history about this holiday here.

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> Sunday, February 19, 2006: Architecture By The Glass

 

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> Saturday, February 18, 2006: French Tourist In San Francisco?

 
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I apologize for this "below average photo" but when I found myself driving behind that car, I just couldn't resist... I have seen lots of funny cars in San Francisco, but this one caught my attention. Not only the car itself is funny but when I started reading the stickers, I thought it really deserved worldwide exposure, so here it is. I think my favorite sticker is the one that says: "Politicians are like diapers, they need to be changed often and for the same reasons." Although, I also really like the one that says "Never buy a car that you can't push". And... "You have to be really secure to be seen in a car like this" is one of my favorites too... Ok, I like them all! What's your favorite?

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> Friday, February 17, 2006: A Sunset Home

 
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The Sunset is the neighborhood located south of Golden Gate Park. It is a quiet, family-oriented neighborhood. I believe it was named The Sunset simply because it is located by the ocean where the sun sets. This house on the photo is located on a hilltop close to where the mosaic stairwell can be found, but The Sunset is mainly a flat area which makes the sunset on the ocean visible from most parts of it.

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> Thursday, February 16, 2006: Downtown Playground

 
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I took this photo at a playground located downtown, close to Chinatown. It was quite a scene to see these kids have this much fun in this skyscraper surrounding.

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> Wednesday, February 15, 2006: The Fairmont Hotel

 
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The Fairmont hotel in Nob Hill, is one of the fanciest hotels in San Francisco. Only two buildings remained standing in Nob Hill after the 1906 earthquake and The Fairmont was one of them. Maybe that explains why "important people" usually stay there?

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> Tuesday, February 14, 2006: The Hearts Of San Francisco

 
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A few years ago, San Francisco launched a fundraising project involving over a hundred artists who were asked to create heart-shaped sculptures. The sculptures were auctioned and two million dollars were raised. The first hearts were unveiled exactly two years ago, on Valentine's day of 2004. Today, you can still find a few of them in the city, displayed publically like on this photo, or sometimes even in some of the auction winners' front yards.
Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

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> Monday, February 13, 2006: The Mechanics Monument

 

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As the Douglas Tilden statue featured earlier on this photo raised some curiosities, here's a closeup of another one of Tilden's works located on Market street. This one is entitled The Mechanics Monument and has been around for a little over a hundred years. Plenty of info on this bronze sculpture can be found here.

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> Sunday, February 12, 2006: Lomar Produce

 
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Just like in Paris, weekends are often spent grocery shopping. Here's a typical scene in The Mission district where locals shop for fresh produce.

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> Saturday, February 11, 2006: Shadows In Golden Gate Park

 
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I went for a walk in Golden Gate Park today and stopped by this area close to stow lake. The trees there looked different than in the rest of the park, they were smaller and their branches were really interesting to look at. As the sun came down, the branches casted those shadows that made them look somewhat intimidating. What do you think? Tranquil? Scary? I haven't quite made up my mind yet.

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> Friday, February 10, 2006: Street Music In The Haight

 
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It's not unusual to see musicians on Haight Street. It's part of the scene, locals typically don't pay too much attention to them and just walk by. Some of these musicians are definitely better than others, but I really enjoyed this couple playing and singing old American folk songs.

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> Thursday, February 09, 2006: Sing-A-Long Mary Poppins: Last Chance Today!

 
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For those of you not familiar with Sing-A-Longs, it is the projection of a film where the audience is required (encouraged?) to sing along the tunes during the film - oftentimes, at the entrance of the theater, you are also given tools and instruments to make noises and sounds at specific moments during the movie (indicated on the screen for your convenience). I have attended a couple of these sing-a-longs in the past (and participated to the best of my singing ability) and it is a lot of fun! Located in the Castro neighborhood (follow the rainbow flags), the Castro Theater is my favorite theater in the city: I love the place, its atmosphere and the programming offers a unique opportunity to see old films in a theater. I think this theater is a "must-go" on a San Francisco visit, and the next time I'll go, I'll take my camera so that I can show you how beautiful it is inside and maybe even capture the theater's very own organist who plays on a old Wurlitzer pipe organ before each film (a pleasant alternative to the series of adds for sodas and cell phone providers that you usually get in regular theaters...). More information on the theater can be found here, and of course, there will also be more photos of the neighborhood coming your way on this site.

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> Wednesday, February 08, 2006: Well Behaved Ladies

 
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I was pretty pleased when I bumped into those ladies today because I think this is a great example of architectural diversity within Victorians from a same style and era. Each house on this row is quite unique and yet, they all get along very well. Maybe we have a few lessons to learn from those houses...

PS: I'm very happy to announce that San Francisco Daily Photo now has its very own Yahoo! Widget thanks to the expert hands of Frederic Botton! The widget can be downloaded here or from the left menu.

PPS: I decided (at the last moment) to spare any of my jokes about the title of this post. But if any of you feels like it, there's always the comments...

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> Tuesday, February 07, 2006: The Bridges Of San Francisco

 
San Francisco Bridges At Sunset
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This is certainly not the nicest sunset I got to see in San Francisco, but I wanted to share this photo today as it shows a few interesting things. First, you can see both bridges leading to the city, from the north with the Golden Gate Bridge on the far right, and from the east with the Bay Bridge on the far left. The photo also shows that the Transamerica Pyramid (that pointy thing in the middle) is really the tallest building in the city.

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> Monday, February 06, 2006: Chinatown Scenery

 
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Grant avenue is where your first Chinatown visit usually starts simply because of a Chinese gate that was built there some thirty years ago to lead you onto the street and mark the beginning of the neighborhood. Grant avenue is home to a lot of tourist stores, easy Chinese food and lots of people with cameras (including me this time). For my first photo of Chinatown on this site, I thought I would start there as well, until we move on to the more authentic parts of this neighborhood.

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> Sunday, February 05, 2006: Union Square Art Display

 
San Francisco Union Square Art Display
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On weekends, Union Square hosts a bunch of artists showing their art to the general public. It's actually a pretty nice getaway from the surrounding streets where the shopping frenzy takes place.

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> Saturday, February 04, 2006: Nature And Vista Joggers

 
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According to a very serious study (conducted recently by San Francisco Daily Photo...), there are three types of joggers in San Francisco. There's the ones that jog on machines at the gym, then there's the ones that I call "urban joggers" and the ones that I call "nature and vista joggers". I think we're all familiar with the "gym joggers". "Urban joggers" typically jog anywhere on the streets of San Francisco: cars don't bother them, people, traffic lights, curbs, slopes, nothing will stop them. The "nature and vista joggers" like those shown on this photo, will surround themselves with nature: they can be found in parks, or by the water, and you will see them stop on occasion to admire the view, smell a flower or observe a bird.
(and then there would be me, standing there and making photos, with no intention to jog...)

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> Friday, February 03, 2006: Mosaic Stairway

 

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Here's another little San Francisco secret: San Francisco's one and only mosaic stairway. Built by 300 neighbors of the Sunset district and inspired by a mosaic stairway in Rio de Janeiro, the San Francisco stairway was completed in July of last year and can be found, and climbed, at the intersection of Moriaga street and 17th avenue. Details of the construction project can be found here.

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> Thursday, February 02, 2006: Love And Haight

 
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The very intersection shown on this photo, where Haight street meets Ashbury street, was in the sixties the epicenter of the hippie movement, period at which this San Francisco neighborhood became known as "Haight Ashbury". The high point of this period was of course the summer of 1967 also referred to as the Summer of Love. Today, the neighborhood is a whole new scene, but it still is a place like no other in San Francisco, and many aspects of it definitely evoke what it must have been during the Summer of Love. Before I show you some of that in images, I felt a proper introduction was needed - I apologize to all of you who knew the story, but I didn't want to take any chances.

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> Wednesday, February 01, 2006: One Month Milestone!

 

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This is my one month milestone! I wanted to thank you all for visiting and commenting on the photos. I hope you liked what I've done so far. I do realize and want to acknowledge that my photos do not necessarily show what one might expect from San Francisco photos, but to me, that's the whole point. So far, almost eight thousand of you have visited the site and I received over two hundred comments! This is way beyond what I had expected after just one month of activity and I wanted to thank you all for that! As the photo of the saxophonist seemed to have been appreciated by many, I thought that for this milestone, I could share another photo of that scene that I had taken that day. This one shows more context and a different perspective. This photo was a "safety shot" that I took because I wasn't sure that by the time I would get to the other side of the tunnel, the light was still going to be ok or the saxophonist still be playing. Anyway, I thought you might like this one as well. Thanks again for your support and let's keep going!

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